Dubai by the Numbers

3.13 million

population

11 million
visitors

per year

3.885 sq kms

Dubai’s land mass

200 islands

in the UAE

828 metres

The world’s
tallest building

85%

of the
population
is expatriate

202 nationalities

in the UAE’s labour market

Living in Dubai

Dubai is the only place in the word where you can enjoy jet-skiing, snow skiing, a desert safari, scuba diving and a hot air balloon ride all in one day! Living in Dubai has a lot to offer. It is safe, politically stable, centrally located, has a good education system and healthcare facilities, modern infrastructure and endless places to explore.

In Dubai the sun shines all year round, the shopping and leisure facilities are world-class and the salaries are tax-free. Living in Dubai is always exciting because something new and different is always taking place. As a city that is constantly on the move, Dubai is always striving for greater heights and better facilities and comfort for its residents and visitors.

General information

If you are planning to make Dubai your new home, here are some facts you would want to know about the culture and traditions in the UAE:

Language

Although Arabic is the official language in the UAE, visitors to Dubai will find that English is the most widely spoken language for business, education, trade and tourism. All road and shop signs, restaurant menus and tourist information leaflets are both in Arabic and English. All universities also teach their programmes in English.

Religion

Although an Islamic country, the UAE respects other religions and followers are allowed to practice their beliefs. There are Hindu temples and Catholic, Anglican and Protestant churches in Dubai.

Clothing

Lightweight summer clothing is ideal with a wrap, sweater or jacket for cooler winter nights and air-conditioned premises. Since you are visiting a Muslim country, out of respect for the culture you must note that bikinis, swimsuits and revealing clothing should be confined to the beach or swimming pool.

Transport

Public transport in Dubai is divided into land transport, which comprises buses, metro, taxis and a tram system, as well as marine transport, which includes water taxis, waterbuses and a ferry. Students will find that getting around in Dubai is inexpensive with bus rides costing AED 4 and taxi fares starting at AED 6. The metro is also an excellent way to get around, as it is economical, modern, safe, clean and convenient.

Climate

Dubai enjoys an arid subtropical climate, with blue skies and sunshine all year round. Temperatures range from lows of 10°C to extreme summer highs of 45°C. The average maximum daily temperature in January is 24°C and the average maximum daily temperature in July is 41°C. Dubai’s climate has made the city very well-equipped to cope with the heat, and all indoor spaces, malls, public facilities and transport are air-conditioned.

Safety

With a very low crime index and high quality of living, Dubai is consistently ranked as one of the safest cities in the world. Dubai residents feel safe walking around or taking transportation alone at night - an important reason why our students love living here! Students should be respectful of the law, as the nation has a zero-tolerance policy towards illegal substance use. Other forms of petty crime are highly punishable.

Dubai, an International Education Hub!

Always at the forefront of innovation, Dubai is now a premier international destination for education, encompassing 57 international university campuses as well as schools from over 10 different countries - the largest number in any one location in the world.

Dubai also offers students a fast and efficient visa processing service and opportunities to work during and after their studies, making it a very attractive study destination for students the world over.